A man says he matched with a woman on Hinge called Soup – yes, Soup – because of his name, having felt they were a clear match.
As regulars will know, the popular dating app gives every user a new ‘most compatible’ match every single day.
It is based on everything the app ‘knows’ about a person, from their religious views to whether or not they want kids, to try and create the perfect match for the user.
It pops up with a notification to let the users know about the pairing, urging them to turn the algorithm into reality and meet up.
In this case, Hinge got it hilariously right – as Campbell George realised when he logged back onto the app on 11 July after a month hiatus and saw the notification, which said: “Most compatible: Campbell & Soup, we think you should meet.”
Campbell, 26 – who just so happens to share his first name with the eponymous canned soup company – figured he had nothing to lose, so ‘liked’ Soup’s profile and fired off a message.
He wrote: "Would you believe it if Hinge recommended us as a match, like are they joking?"
Later that evening, Soup messaged back: "Their algorithms most certainly picks up on keywords."
Campbell said that, since matching, the pair have exchanged a few messages, but he’s not sure if they’ll ever meet up in person for a date.
Campbell, from the Upper West Side in New York, said: "When I saw the Hinge compatibility, I just got a huge kick out of it.
"It was clear that their algorithm was a bit too smart for their own good.
"Usually they match people up when they like similar things but a pairing like this was delicious you might say.
"At first I thought it was a joke and then I realised it wasn't. I think it was just an oversight or overcalculation on their part [Hinge].
"I reached out mostly for the name.
"She's very cute but we haven't chatted a lot since then so I don't know if there is a spark, but we both found it very funny."
Campbell originally believed Hinge created the match as a ‘joke’, but now wonders if it was because their algorithm overcompensated due to their particularly fitting names.
He shared the amusing connection on Twitter, where it racked up nearly 22,000 likes, comments and retweets.
“What, am I a joke to you?” he wrote.
Campbell said one of Soup's friends had seen the tweet and sent it to her, which made her redownload Hinge to reply to his message.
He continued: "She said it was an excuse to reactivate her Hinge account as she hadn't been on it for a while.
"I'm unsure if we'll meet up. Usually on Hinge most people you match with don't go past the three or four message stage.
"There's a big pool with a lot of fish.
"I'd be fascinated to see them pull a similar rabbit out the hat as there aren't many words that match as uniquely with Campbell as Soup does.
"I've never heard of the name Soup before, it's got to be a nickname.
"I think we matched as a bit of a laugh between us and I don't see if going anywhere really."
Despite Soup not looking to be his ultimate match, another singleton slid into Campbell’s DMs on Twitter and the pair met up for drinks.
He said: "We [me and the girl from Twitter] went for drinks so that's a nice little thing to come of this.
"We had a lovely time and just went to a bar near my flat and I hope we get to do something again.
"So it wasn't the intended match that Hinge wanted but something came of it.”
Hinge declined to comment.